Pick up in Chester was really good, staff at Chester office polite and efficient. Europacar did explain car was older than normal due to issues getting new cars built / delivered. Car was ok but although recently cleaned was still dirty with ingrained marks / dirt in seats and carpets.
There is no better way to explore a city than at your own pace, giving you the freedom to explore when and where you want to. Car hire in Chester allows you to see all that the city has to offer and makes visiting the beautiful Cheshire countryside that bit easier. You can get to sites such as Chester Zoo, which is 3.5 miles away from the centre of Chester, in around 10min, which makes hiring a car more convenient than alternative modes of transport such as a bus.
One of the largest international airports close to Chester is Manchester Airport (MAN), situated about 33 miles from the city centre and approximately a 40min drive away. There are many rental companies at the airport to choose from, including Enterprise, Hertz and Europcar, which can all be found at Manchester Airport Car Rental Village. There is a free shuttle bus you can catch that leaves every 10min from each terminal, just follow the signs to the bus stop upon arrival.
Chester is a relatively small city, which is easy to navigate around, especially if you add a sat nav to your Chester car hire to ensure you don’t get lost. Keep an eye out for cyclists though, as bicycles are becoming a more and more common mode of transport across the UK, especially in smaller cities like Chester. Make sure you pay attention when turning, as cyclists often wind in between traffic when it’s congested.
Like most cities, driving at rush hour will be busier and therefore slower for you. Due to the compact size of Chester, during peak travel periods (weekdays between 17:00 and 18:00) you may find it will take you longer to get to your destination. The ring road in Chester is particularly affected by increased traffic. Weekends are busy in Chester, as it is a popular tourist city due to its medieval wall and buildings. Chester Racecourse also draws in crowds of racing fanatics throughout the racing season, which will inevitably make the city that much busier. There is also a significant chance of bad weather during winter months, with heavy rainfall and snow a common occurrence, which can cause havoc on the roads.
Book your car hire in Chester at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Mini car hires in Chester are around 54% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Chester
Chester is a relatively compact city with lots of tourism throughout the year, so it would be advised that you choose a small car for your car hire in Chester. A smaller car will also help you find parking spots which other, larger cars might not be able to fit into.
When driving through residential zones in Chester, you must keep to the 20mph speed limit which has been put in place. In the city centre, there are areas, however, where the speed limit is still 30mph. Although, due to the nature of the roads, it may be hard to drive this fast. Leaving Chester to drive to Manchester, there are motorways, such as the M56, which have the national speed limit of 70mph.
Parking at Chester Racecourse is always a popular option because, from just £4, you can park for the entire day close to the city centre. Other great places to park include NCP Car Park on Pepper Street or Cuppin Street Car Park, both of which are only a short walk from the centre of the city, albeit a little more expensive, starting at £6 for 2h.
The average price of fuel in Chester is R124,70 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 496 and R1 995, depending on the car size.
Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Chester.